Your mental and emotional wellbeing is important and they’re often linked together. Below are a collection of resources to support your mental and emotional health.
Mental Health Help
- Being an Iris Care Group employee means you have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). They offer a 24/7 confidential helpline at 0800 028 0199. They also offer a wide range of mental health services. If you aren’t comfortable contacting them yourselves, get in touch with your manager or HR who can do the referral for you.
- The Wellbeing Line is available in Gloucestershire. It offers confidential mental health and wellbeing support to anyone working in health and social care in Gloucestershire.
- Shout is a 24/7 texting service free on all major mobile networks. It can be hard to talk and sometimes easier to message. If you’re struggling to cope and need immediate help you can text: 85258.
- Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. You can talk to someone about anything upsetting you on 116 123.
- Mind has a good guide on how to access therapy or counselling and exploring your options.
Mindfulness can bring focus and calmness into your busy work life. Try exploring some simple exercises and incorporating them into your daily routine. Here are some mindfulness apps, breathing exercises and meditations to help you start. Start with a few minutes a day and gradually increase as you get more comfortable.
- Mind explains what mindfulness is and how it can impact mental wellbeing.
- Tips from the NHS on what mindfulness is and how to start practicing it.
- Oxford Mindfulness offers a free online sessions and courses to help you start mindfulness practices.
- The Samaritans Self Help app includes mindfulness techniques to help ground yourself, bring calm and release tension.
Work-Life Balance Tips
Striking a balance between work and personal life is key for our wellbeing. Discover practical tips to achieve a healthier work-life balance, including time management strategies, setting boundaries and the importance of “me time”.
- The Mental Health Foundation has tips around identifying if your work life balance is unhealthy and how to help.
- Mind has some tips for how to manage your work-life balance as well as stress at work.
- Head over to the Wellbeing tools section to download the Self Care Toolkit to help you develop your self-care plan for after work.
- If you feel that you would benefit from certain shift patterns or a change of hours then ask your manager for a flexible working application form.
Stress Management Techniques
- The Stress Management Society offers a free Individual Stress Test.
- Try the 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Activity.
- This will help you work out what is causing your feelings of stress where you can then use the Stress Exploration worksheet to help you
Journaling for Emotional Wellbeing
Journaling can provide a healthy way to express yourself and work through your emotions. It may help you reduce stress and manage your anxiety. Journaling can help you work through what may be causing your emotions so you can then work through them. It can also just be helpful to get it out of your head and onto paper.
Below are some tips for starting to journal:
- Try writing every day. Setting aside just a few minutes will help build it into a habit. Think about the time of day that works best for you, it might be a quiet 5 minutes in the morning or just before bed.
- Make it easy for yourself. Keep your pen and paper handy and in the place where is the best environment for you to journal. Such as the kitchen, dining table or bedroom. You can also journal on your phone. The MyPossibleSelf app has a journal built into it for you to use.
- Do what feels right. You don’t have to follow any rules, or structure, when it comes to your journal. Just do what feels right for you. Your journal is your protected space to let your words, ideas and feelings flow freely.